DAVID CHARLES BAKER

 

Born: 1882, Yoxford, Suffolk.

Died: 11th January 1902; age: 19; Died of Enteric Fever, at Heilbron, Free State, South Africa.

ENTERIC FEVER – Enteric Fever (eneterica serotype bacteria) was a rampant bacterial infection during the South Africa Boer War – 1899 – 1902.

This systemic disease, now known as Typhoid Fever, from the bacterium Salmonella typhi, is characterised by fever and abdominal pain. The disease is spread via the lymphatic system and can affect other parts of the body, or even the whole body. The symptoms usually developed a week or two after a person had became infected bringing on a high temperature, headaches, coughs, lethargy, aches and pains, lose of appetite, sickness and diarrhoea. After 2 – 3 weeks intestinal bleeding.

Enteric Fever was originally thought to be spread via dust storms and flies.

Human carriers with acute illness can contaminate the surrounding water supply through their faeces, which contains a high concentration of the bacteria. The polluted water supply can, in turn, taint the food supply. Enteric (Typhoid) Fever is then contracted by drinking, or eating the contaminated food or water. This bacteria can survive for weeks in water or dried sewage.

In 1897, an effective vaccine was developed by Almroth Wright and William Leisman, at the Army Medical School, Netley. At the time of the Boer War, the new inoculation had many side effects, and soldiers refused the voluntary immunisation. The inoculation was still voluntary in August 1914, when Great Britain entered the First World War. 

David was taken PoW, he was later released on the 19th September 1901, at Slangfontein, Orange Free State.

Residence: North Gate, Railway Gates, Kelsale, Suffolk.

 

Rank: Private: Service Number: 5816.

Regiment: Essex Regiment, 1st Battalion, Mounted Infantry Company, South Africa Field Force.

 

Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony & Orange Free State + South Africa 1901 medal & South Africa 1902 medal.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   Church Lane, Blythburgh, Suffolk.

 

Charles was 8 years old and living with his parents, sisters & niece.

George William Baker, 45, a Farmer, born Walberswick, Suffolk.

Lucy Elizabeth Baker (nee Cardy), 44, born Walpole, Suffolk.

Elizabeth Goddon (nee Baker), 24, born Poplar, Middlesex.

Amy May Baker, 1, born Yoxford.

Ada Baker, 3, born Yoxford.

1 lodger.

 

1901   Military Garrison, Colchester, Essex.

 

Charles was 20 years old, a Soldier ranked a Private for the Infantry.

 

Charles’s father, George William Baker died 1894, Suffolk.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Lucy Punchard – mother, a gate keeper – Great Eastern Railways.

The Boer War.

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